Race Report 02/06/2019

Jenny Yates was crowned the woman’s champion at the Hollingworth Lake 5k Series in Rochdale in a week of great results for Radcliffe AC.

Held over five Wednesdays, the event proved successful for the club with Sheila Jones winning the Vet 60 title while Caroline Malone and Sarah Oxley finished second and third respectively in the Vet 45 category.

Yates ran 25:00 in the fifth and final race of the series to take her title while Sheila Jones clocked 23:06. Malone was pleased with her personal best of 25:01 and Oxley ran 28:10.

They were joined at the final event by Paul Barrington who ran a 22:11 pb, Victoria Glossop who finished in 25:48, Deborah Barrington achieved a pb of 25:53 and Tracy Wroe rounded off the series with a 29:59 pb.

Exactly a year after breaking her ankle in a fell race, Donna Cartwright was third woman and first Vet 40 at the Lakeland Trails Half Marathon at Coniston.

Clocking 1:46:00, she said: “It was a toughie with big climbs and there was torrential weather for some of the race. One section was like cross country but I loved it.”

Neal Emmerson continued his great form when he finished 9th at the inaugural Hull Festival of Running Half Marathon in 1:16:15, saying it felt ‘baking hot’.

He joined hundreds of runners on the largely flat course which started and finished in the city centre and passed a number of Hull’s cultural and historic landmarks.

Dave McGrath notched up two top ten finishes in two fell races four days apart. He was a superb fourth out of 68 runners at the Fo(e) Edge Fell Race in Rossendale. In claggy conditions, he completed the 4.1-mile race with 984ft of climbing in 35:28. Andy Haines ran 41:11 and Lisa Carter was 9th woman in 46:57.

Then, at the 6.4-mile Edenfield Fell Race near Ramsbottom, McGrath was ninth overall and first Vet 40 in 50:05. Also taking on the course with 1,565ft of ascent were Paul Swyers who ran 1:03:11 while Kathryn Davies was second Vet 55 in 01:14:49.

Swyers also doubled up when he took to the hills in the Yorkshire Dales for the 6.5-mile Pen-y-ghent Fell Race which features around 1,791ft of ascent.

Andy Haines was first home for the club in 1:06:30 followed by Swyers in 1:09:53 and Mark Wolfenden who ran 1:30:55.

There was a great turnout from the club at the popular Terry Nortley Relays in Close Park, Radcliffe.

A total of 78 teams took part in the fun event in mixed weather on Bank Holiday Monday, including 11 from Radcliffe AC made up of juniors, seniors, family and friends.

Teams of four runners did two laps of the Terry Nortley Mile, named after the club’s former president who died in 2011, with Bury AC finishing first followed by Run Club MCR and Salford Mets Sizzlers.

The event is organised by Radcliffe member Vince Ashton, with help from his clubmates, in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Sharon Peterkin donned fancy dress for the women-only Summer of Love 5K Shuffle at Drinkwater Park. Organised by the Prestwich Plodders running group, she ran 33:38.

With Bolton parkrun cancelled, six headed to the event at Heaton Park where Sheila Jones was seventh woman in 24:00. Nick Barnes ran 25:44; junior Olivia Whittaker 28:39; Elaine Bailey  29:16; Helen Sandiford 29:24 and Tracy Wroe 31:30.

Deborah Cliff was pleased with her personal best of 28:22 at Stretford parkrun in Manchester.

Jenny Yates (right) on her way to victory at the Hollingworth Lake 5K Series with Caroline Malone.

A great turnout by Radcliffe AC at the Terry Nortley Relays (picture credit Steve Bateson).

Some of the club’s juniors at the Terry Nortley Relays.

Another superb result for Neal Emmerson at the Hull Half Marathon.

Donna Cartwright third woman and first Vet 40 at the Lakeland Trails Half Marathon.

Dave McGrath notched up two top ten finishes in two fell races four days.

Sharon Peterkin (right) donned fancy dress for the women-only Summer of Love 5K Shuffle at Drinkwater Park.

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